The Senate on Tuesday postponed the screening of Rotimi Amaechi, former Governor of Rivers State as his name was not listed among the three nominees scheduled to appear before the senators for the exercise. This is the third time in two weeks that his screening was shelved.
Punch reports that Amaechi was number three on the list of eight nominees billed for screening on Tuesday based on the order paper earlier produced by the senate before it was withdrawn.
Reasons for the reduction in the number of nominees for screening from eight to three and eventual deletion of Amaechi’s name were not known as of the time of filing this report.
The three nominees shortlisted for the exercise are Mr. Adebayo Shittu (Oyo), Omoleye Daramola (Ondo) and Khadija Abba-Ibrahim (Yobe).
Meanwhile the initial list released before plenary contains the following names in this order: Adebayo Shittu (Oyo); Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa); Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers); Khadija Abba-Ibrahim (Yobe); Bawa Bwari (Niger); Ocholi james (Kogi); Mansur Muhammed (Zamfara); and Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna)
The Punch also reported earlier that the senate may postpone Ameachi’s screening again because of critical issues surrounding his nomination; especially the petition against him by Port Harcourt based Integrity Group.
Meanwhile, the senator representing Imo North, Nneji Achonu, on Tuesday submitted 10 petitions against the nominee from his state, Prof Anwuka Gozie.
Senate President Bukola Saraki referred the petitions to the Ethics and Public Petitions Committee with a directive to submit its report on Thursday.